After a long week of 9 to 5, driving to work and back in the dark and the rain, sometimes only a few drinks and a curry will do.
So after an icy blast of a walk down the Lytham prom and after a few drinks (as part of another project I’m working on that you will get to read soon) we found ourselves in one of Lytham’s Indian restaurants on Park Street.
Ive only eaten here once before and it had gone into my “OK” category (and every town needs a few of these places) so I was keen to give it another go.
Now I will profess that I am a curry snob. I am truly sorry. It’s my favourite cuisine and I have eaten good bad and amazing all over the place. It therefore isn’t really fair to benchmark the local curry house against the best and most authentic.
What the Red Fort is, is a decent little Indian (or Bengali??) that is consistent and does the basics well.
Lower carb January continues so we skipped the big crisps and went for the classic Onion Bhaji and a portion of Mosmos Begun a lovely aubergine dish. I’m calling the bhajis Lytham’s best bhaji – I haven’t had better in Lytham specifically.
The aubergine was well spiced and tasted really good. Aubergine is one of our favourite veggies and I would order this dish again.
At this stage we had tucked into a nice Pinot Grigio which was well priced at £16.95
For main course, the habitual pilau rice and sweet naan bread was a definite no no so we went for two meat dishes, two veg sides and a single solitary chapati. With no chicken and keema dish on the menu, I was forced out of the comfort zone and down the list to the spicier dishes. Jalabadhi Chicken for me then and Chicken Tikka for Mrs FS. Some vegetables for fibre then? OK, lets try the Saag and Bhindi bhajis.
The best dish on the table was the Saag bhaji. The garlic really came through and it was pleasant in the mouth unlike some spinach dishes which can be a little slimy.
The two chicken dishes were just OK for me. I felt the Jalabadhi was over powered by the level of tomato flavours which seemed to kill the spices. For a dish with 4 chillies on the menu I expected some heat. The Chicken Tikka tasted under marinated and not particularly moist. Again both OK.
The Bhindi was fine and the Chapati was a little on the crispy side. The total bill for 2 was just over £50. The restaurant was fairly busy and filling up (joining some of the more colourful customers already there, including some dining neighbours who kept emitting loud burps. Well they say it is the ultimate sign of appreciation).
As I said earlier, every town needs a Red Fort and they look to be doing very well. The starters and the saag would suggest better the kitchen is better than the mains we had. For this self confessed curry snob, I am still yet to find anything better locally than the Dilraj in St Anne’s. Which is why I had one again last night!